Boys Soccer Continues Its Winning Ways

The Amity boys’ soccer team hit

a small rough patch during the middle

of its season, but the squad has

since rebounded heading into the

state tournament.

“The team started out great, we

hit a small rut in the mid-season but

I am very happy with the way we are

playing. It is what we have worked

for this year and hope to continue,”

said Michael Marchitto, who is the

head coach.

As of press time, Amity has a

record of 12-3-4. Amity defeated

Shelton in the first round of the

Southern Connecticut Conference

tournament, and most recently, Marchitto’s

squad had a 2-0 victory over

Simsbury on November 5.

He said it’s hard to single out individual

players because the team’s

success is the fact everyone plays together.

“We would not be here without a

team effort and we do it all together.

Dean Schwartz has been a key to our

play. He has moved from center mid

to forward and continues to dominate,”

Marchitto said. “Our goalie

Griffin Volta has become a great

leader and we would not be where

we are without him.”

He said he can also mention the

team’s other captain, Justyn Broderick,

playing excellent on the outside,

and Evan Donahue playing through

injury and controlling Amity’s defense.

Others who have excelled include

Simone Kantor, who moved to the

center mid, Jeremy Conn and his

ability to play an excellent pass,

Matt Whitehill and his “aggressive

play” on the outside mid, and Joe

Babbitt who is solid as the team’s

holding mid, the coach said.

“But as I have said most importantly

we have come together as a

solid group playing great soccer at a

very important part of the season,”

Marchitto said.


Against Simsbury, Amity outshot

them 15-14 and Volta had 11 saves.

Amity scored both goals in the second

half including Conn and

Schwartz, and Conn assisted on

Schwartz’s goal.

Against Shelton, Amity defeated

Shelton on penalty kicks 3-0 after

being deadlocked at two after regulation.

Volta had 15 saves.